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What Camera Can You Recommend For A Beginner?  
User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

I would like to start taking some good photos of planes. What is the equipment I will need. Can someone recommend what camera I should get, and what kind of lens I would need?

Please don't suggest something too expensive, I need to keep the cost down, although I don't really have a specific budget.


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User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

Anyone can help?


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User currently offlineEDIpic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3309 times:

see

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/6959/

It's been covered.

Gerry


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

Canon EOS I would say, with a 300mm lens

LGW


User currently offlineA380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

Apologies to all for resurrecting this thread...or indeed adding to it...but...

My only advice would be this...

If you have a good spot where you can shoot aircraft on the ground then start with a cheap (but quality - there are lots around from Canon / Pentax / Nikon) used SLR with just manual focus - this will also allow you to get a modest selection of lenses for not big money. You will get shots good enough with this setup.

If you are limited to shooting moving aircraft (approach/takeoff shots) then consider autofocus, but still look for a nice used body and maybe get a good 70-210 zoom as this will tend to be smaller, lighter, and faster (larger maximum aperture) than a 300mm zoom.

After that you need really to learn and understand the scan techniques for your chosen film (print/slide) as this will be where you might find it gets difficult.

But remember, you do not need to spend lots of money on camera gear - there are thousands of perfectly good used bodies and lenses out there.

Good luck,
Dean


User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3623 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

Don't do the same mistake I did! Do you have a tight budget? Even if you do, don't buy a cheapo camera with a bad lens. I did the same mistake and after a year, I discovered it wasn't sufficient enough. At least buy a Canon EOS Rebel 2000 (or EOS 300 in Europe). If you can afford it buy a Canon EOS 33 or 30. The 30 has Eye control focus (not very important) and the 33 doesn't. In HK, you might find all these cheaper. And buy a good lens. For Canon cameras, make sure your lens is USM, it will be faster and quieter and there wont be a huge difference in price. Ask for prices for these models and make your choice.





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